HCFA gets a new name and an overhaul

HCFA gets a new name and an overhaul

The Health Care Financing Administration earlier this month got a new name that top brass said better reflects its mission: the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Tommy Thompson
The new name is part of a series of planned reforms to strengthen the agency's services, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said.

The agency will reorganize into three units:

  • The Center for Beneficiary Choices will provide information about Medicare, as well as Medigap and Medicare Select insurance plans.

  • The Center for Medicare Management will develop payment policies for fee-for-service care and manage Medicare contractors.

  • The Center for Medicaid and State Operations will oversee state-administered programs, including Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

By Oct. 1, a Web tool will be ready to help users make health plan choices and do out-of-pocket cost comparisons of insurance options.

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